As an indigenous person, I often look to my own community and other native populations in the United States for some sort of sense of belonging and unity. I am searching for what brings us together beyond blood. This is where popular culture plays a clear role and where I often go looking. Yet when I see depiction of indigenous people on the news or in popular cinema, art and publications, I see stereotypes and negative depictions. I believe that simply being an indigenous artist is powerful, but I see a calling to be an artist and talk about …

Projects Ideas

A combination of my two previous projects would be interesting for me. My process always involves composites, and after seeing the early 19th century composites from experimenting photographers, I realize that although we are in a time of convenience and spontaneity, a lot more can be done to create amazing images. The time spent on aligning negatives and dodging/burning to create those old images to create a semi convincing effect is impressive. George Washington Wilson (Scottish, 1823-1893) Aberdeen Portraits No. 1 1857 http://artblart.com/tag/faking-it-manipulated-photography-before-photoshop/   At the same time, there are many images that have simple collage in a clever way. …

Jerry Thompson – Truth and Photography

Jerry Thompson’s Truth and Photography¬†is an important piece of literature for every contemporary photographer, and their audience as well. Essentially everyone who is confronted with photographs. In a world saturated with photographic and camera accessibility to the masses and it’s seemingly dehumanizing affect, it can seem like pursuing photography seriously as a photographer or valuing images as a consumer may be deemed unworthy.   ‘ “Descriptive poetry consists, no doubt, in description, but in description of things as they appear, not as they are.” These writers were interested not in the “objective” world so much as in the individual self’s …

Edgar Allen Poe on Daguerreotype

Edgar Allen Poe’s belief that photography is “the most important, and perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern science” along with being “delighted in what he considered the magical accuracy of the photographic images” makes me, as a photographer, more appreciative of my craft and purpose. He sees photography, and daguerreotype specifically, as a magical instrument to capture reality. Even in that day it must have been impressive to obtain such clarity in images, since today, the most common source of imagery many of us look at is from a cell phone which is much worse quality yet still acceptable …